Name of Church St. John the Baptist

Address 1015 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone number 714-540-2214


Mass times Saturday: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (vigil), 6:30 p.m. (vigil in Vietnamese); Sunday 6:30 a.m. (Vietnamese), 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine), 2:15 (Spanish), 5 p.m.  Monday-Friday:  6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.  1st Fridays, 7 p.m. (Vietnamese).

Confessions Monday  Wednesday, 7:30 – 9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. (following the 8 a.m. Mass)

Names of priests Staffed by the Norbertine priests of St. Michael’s Abbey: Father Pascal Nguyen, pastor.  Fathers Godfrey Bushmaker, Andrew Tue Tran Tue, Fr. Brendan Hankins, parochial vicars.  Father Damien Giap, school rector.  (To learn about St. Michael’s Abbey, please visit   St. Michael’s Abbey was established in 1961 by seven Hungarian priests who fled communism in their home country.  The Hungarians are now long-deceased, but the community has flourished.  Its priests are orthodox, pious and professional.  Many of its priests celebrate Masses as visiting priests in parishes in the Diocese of Orange and the neighboring dioceses; St. John’s is staffed entirely by priests of the community.  Additionally, there is a small community of Norbertine nuns who live on-site.  Fr. Pascal was installed as pastor in a ceremony led by Orange Auxiliary Bishop Tim Freyer on February 26, 2023; the previous long-time pastor, Fr. Augustine Puchner, was sent to the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois to found a new community of Norbertines.

School Grades K-8.  

Special events Check the website, as there are a variety of devotions, including rosaries in the three predominant languages spoken by parishioners, English, Spanish and Vietnamese.  There is weekday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 3 – 4:45 p.m. with benediction at 4:50 p.m.  There is a perpetual adoration chapel in the front of the church (in a separate room behind the altar).  Liturgy of the Hours includes Morning Prayer at 6 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5 p.m.

Special parish groups Knights of Columbus, youth and young adult groups, Legion of Mary, Filipino-American Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Saint Dismas Brotherhood for men, SJB Moms, rosary-making group.

Liturgy/Music Organ, cantor, choirs.  The Tridentine liturgy is sung (Latin Schola).  

Fellow parishioners English, Spanish and Vietnamese-speaking communities.  Most are from nearby, although a few drive from farther away in search of orthodoxy and/or the Latin Tridentine Mass. 

Parking Ample parking beside the church.  On especially crowded days, you can park across the street.  

Acoustics  Fine.

Cry room No, but the vestibule is separated by glass.

Additional observations  St. John the Baptist is a parish of the Diocese of Orange, California.  It is an ideal Catholic parish in many ways, with both excellent priests and a beautiful interior.  The centerpiece of the interior is its beautiful retablo, or altar piece, depicting Christ’s baptism by St. John the Baptist.  The previous pastor added a large Pieta statue to the right of the altar.  Alongside the church is a beautiful shrine of Our Lady of La Vang, of special significance to the Vietnamese community.  Frequently you’ll hear devotions going on in the church, and there is a lot of activity related to the neighboring parish school.